Staffordshire County Council is looking to change the way it delivers youth services, which could have major implications for Stone Youth Centre in Station Road.
A consultation is now under way on their proposals, so please make sure that you have your say. Click HERE to take part. You have until 26th February to have your say.
The county council issued this press release this week to launch the consultation:
Have your say on Staffordshire youth proposal
People are invited to have their say on Staffordshire County Council’s proposal to change the way youth services are delivered locally, in a consultation launched this week.
The county council is considering moving away from a traditional youth service open to all. Instead, the reshaped new offer would provide more targeted support to those young people most in need, while the council intends to work closer with other community and voluntary organisations to provide an improved range of activities and things to do for young people, as well as offering them better advice and information.
The youth services cover young people aged 13 to 19, or 25 for those with a learning difficulty or disability.
Currently, the county council provides a traditional universal open access service; however, four out of five of the 73,315 young people in Staffordshire did not use the service in the last year, which cost £8.73m to provide.
The consultation runs until Wednesday 26th February, with documents available on the county council’s website, or paper copies available on request.
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Community Safety on Staffordshire County Council, said: “We want to give every young person in Staffordshire the opportunity to realise their potential, do well at school and find a good job.
“In a rapidly changing world we also need to adapt and change the way we operate so that we provide the support and activities that young people want and need today and into the future.
“This proposal would see support directed at those young people who need it most. We will also work with all our partners to ensure there is a real choice of activities, as well as information and advice for all young people.
“We believe this approach will help young people help themselves to make the right choices in life, while delivering better value for money for local people.
“Over the next seven weeks we want to hear from local people and we will be listening to what they tell us, before making a final decision on the proposal at Cabinet in March.”
The consultation documents on Achieving Excellence for Young People will be available from 9am on Wednesday 8th January at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/consultation. A paper version can be obtained by calling 0300 111 8000.
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These are the clubs and activities currently provided at Stone Youth Centre off Station Road…
Stone Youth Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Details and photos HERE